He must increase, but I must decrease

John 3:28-30 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’  The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.  He must increase, … More He must increase, but I must decrease

The sovereign God ordained and ordered their births and their destinies.

John Piper, in a sermon, “How Not to Talk to an Angel” Luke is the only gospel writer who recounts the foretelling and birth of John the Baptist. He begins in 1:5–25 with the announcement of John’s birth to Zechariah, his father. Then in 1:26–38 comes the announcement of Jesus’ birth to Mary his mother. … More The sovereign God ordained and ordered their births and their destinies.

More than a prophet

What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written,     “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,         who will prepare your way before you.’ Truly, I say to you, among those born of women … More More than a prophet

J.C. Ryle: John sent his followers to “hear and see” for themselves

Why did John the Baptist send message to Jesus asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” J. C. Ryle comments at Grace Gems: This question did not arise from doubt or unbelief on the part of John. We do that holy man injustice, if we interpret it … More J.C. Ryle: John sent his followers to “hear and see” for themselves

John’s Job- Make Sure Jesus is seen as UTTERLY AMAZING!

From John Piper’s series on the Gospel of John: John the Baptist appears at the beginning of John’s Gospel (and the other Gospels) and then falls to the background because he is a link or a bridge between the Old Testament and the New Testament. He is prominent at the beginning of the Gospel because … More John’s Job- Make Sure Jesus is seen as UTTERLY AMAZING!

The Issue is Repentance

John Piper, in a sermon, “John the Baptist and the Brood of Vipers”- This is the meaning of repentance: a turning of the direction of our life and the affections of our heart, so that we become oriented on God and love the things he loves. John promises the people “forgiveness of sins” in response … More The Issue is Repentance